09/17/2016 9:46AM

Jockeys Court, Rocco sidelined after spills

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Tom Keyser
Jockey Jon Court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of veteran jockeys, Jon Court and Joe Rocco Jr., will be sidelined for varying lengths of time after being injured in separate spills Friday at Churchill Downs.

Court was the more seriously injured of the two, suffering three fractured vertebrae and two fractured ribs in a spill in the 10th and final race on the opening card of the 11-day September meet. His agent, Steve Krajcir, said Court has movement in all extremities and was resting comfortably Saturday morning at University Hospital in downtown Louisville, where he was expected to be seen by a specialist later in the day.

“There’s no way to know right now when he might be able to come back from this,” said Krajcir.

Rocco fractured his wrist and could be sidelined for four to six weeks, depending on a closer diagnosis to be made Tuesday, according to agent Jay Fedor.

Court, 55, was injured when his mount, Red Blue and True, clipped heels nearing the five-furlong pole when in tight quarters. “He went down just like that,” said Brian Hernandez Jr., who witnessed the incident right alongside aboard Hard Labor.

Rocco, 34, fell when his mount in the eighth race, Raagheb, clipped heels in midstretch behind the eventual winner, Toasting Master.

Stewards’ inquiries into both races resulted in no change in the order of finish. No horses or other riders were reported with serious injuries.

Court is just a few wins shy of hitting the 4,000-win mark in a career dating to 1980. Rocco has won more than 1,300 races since he began riding in 1999.

Carl Sari 10 months ago
Wishing you a speedy recovery Jon and Joe. I know you are in good hands Jon. Rest comfortably and listen to the Drs. Think positive and you'll get through this. 
realgooddogtoo 10 months ago
I feel sorry for Court, but he should really get out and retire, he's just to old to keep on ridden, the same for Borel, they need to understand that once they pass 40, it's time to find some other type of work. I hope he recover soon and really think about trying to come back to ride again.
Shirley Hunt 10 months ago
SO SORRY, HOPE YOU RECOVER SOON

Pam Keller Watson 10 months ago
so many gettign hurt lately   mmy heart feels  for them